With Miss D Through the Carpathians
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Romania has changed a lot since I last came here seven or so years ago. There appears to be a greater prosperity. There are lots of upmarket cars speeding along the roads. The larger towns have the usual suspects on their outskirts, Tesco, Auchan, Marathon, all the car dealers etc. etc. More service stations accept credit cards. What hasn't changed is the percentage of lunatic drivers whose approach is based on the notion that there is only them on the road. Only now they drive in faster cars!
At about 5pm I finally realise that I'm not going where I thought I was. Oh! That Miss D! Not to worry I pull into a pension. Clean and comfortable and and bustling with activity. As I settle down in bed later that evening the strains of live music float up the stairs from the bar. I don't bother to go back to the bar again. I can hear enough from where I am.